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Favorite Long Island Restaurants

I know its incredibly general, but I'm interested in finding some great new places to try and figured I'd see if anybody wanted to wax poetic about their favorite restaurants. I'm personally in eastern nassau (farmingdale) but I'm willing to travel for a great meal.

I'm not looking for anything in particular as far as cuisine or price, just wanted to find out about people's favorites.

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  1. If you could tell us some of the places you like we can try to give you other suggestions.

    1. I don't know about waxing poetic, but one or two places come to mind. I'll stick to simpler fare, since you didn't say if you wanted to try anywhere fancy/pricey.

      In Bay Shore, there's Smokin' Al's Barbecue (http://www.smokinals.com/ ). I've found good barbecue tough to come by in the NY area, but this place is pretty good. Prepare to be stuffed and still have food to bring home in a doggie bag!

      Another idea is in Huntington. A place called 34 New Street is coincidentally located at 34 New Street. ;) What were the odds? Seriously, they have some excellent soups/chowders. Their fried calamari is excellent. For a main course, I like their personal pizzas. The chicken dijon pizza is very good. It's not fancy, but it's good and not too pricey.

      If you want fancy, that's something else. Say the word!

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      1. re: jessnyus

        Just be prepared to wait at Smokin' Als. It's pretty good for the price and tasty food, but it's VERY loud and noisy and usually a long wait. We do take-out!

        1. re: jessnyus

          Smokin Als in Bayshore was very good both times I was there. Smokin Als in Massapequa has gone from so so to awful. The 3 times I have eaten there (because it is closer to me then bayshore) the last time, last week was the final time! We ordered sandwiches & sides to go. Could not tell the difference between the pork and the chicken, 5 of us that is. The brisket was just awful. The only thing good was the corn bread. The worst mac & cheese ever!

        2. I've had good food and service at 21 Main in Sayville and Jedidiah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. Both are expensive (about $200 for two people), but worth it for that once in a while special dinner.


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          1. re: TheLongIslandGuy

            Second the 21 Main suggesetin and will add Teller's Chop House in Islip. Expensive but a very nice and a really nice room. Besetito in Huntington is quite good.

            1. re: TheLongIslandGuy

              I went to jedediah hawkins inn twice with a group of 6. The food was decent but not worth the high price. Both experiences were unpleasant. The first time we ordered wine and it tasted like it had gone bad. The server insisted that we would have to pay if we sent it back. We did and they did. I was stunned. My arm was twisted to go a second time. I ordered an entree from the special menu and was brought something similar from the regular menu. No real apology from the server or manager and no accomodation for the error. When we received our $$$$$ bill there was a charge for a cheese plate $35 which we never ordered. The server explained that it was from our bar tab downstairs. We never were downstairs. They took it off the bill reluctantly. YIKES!! I'll never go back

              1. re: Motosport

                Wow, sounds even worse than with the original owners, at least they had some class.

            2. We go to Fisherman's Catch in Point Lookout every summer.

              1. Cliff's Elbow East south of the north road near Greenport. It offers marinated or un marinated steaks, lobster, shrimp (other seafood too but these offerings are worth the trip. A fair number of newer restaurants in and around Greenport ,Southold, Jamesport etc... Check Newsday for more specs and locations.

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                1. re: feelinpeckish

                  Actually, the Elbow East is North of the North Rd (Rt 48) in Southold. You make a left turn just before the 4 lane narrows to a 2 lane. Sign is on the North side. It's up near the beach. Great place.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    One of the venerable old style restaurants in Southold:
                    P*ss Clams, Fried Calamari for the table
                    Bowl of Chowder
                    Marinated Steak
                    ...and a martini at the bar is still olive or twist, not chocolate, vanilla or tutti frutti...

                2. I'm also in the Farmingdale area. Jump on the Northern State and go to Butterfields in Hauppage. Great flavorful food! Chef Jerry does some really interesting menus. I also enjoy Tellers in Islip when I'm in the mood for a good steak. Great atmosphere and service as well. Try the bone in rib eye, its like something out of the Flintstones. If youre looking for sushi, I would strongly suggest Sakura in Babylon. Fresh, tasty and a great value.

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                  1. re: LIfoodie

                    Butterfields is overpriced. Their food is good, but portions of the main course were skimpy. The noise level which is intense, because of the hard walls and ceiling, is intensified by music. I would not go there for a free meal.

                    1. re: gastro

                      yes, i second this wholeheartedly!!! Mirabelle is excellent.


                      1. re: gastro

                        Still excellent, but it is now in Stony Brook at the Three Village Inn and there is a less expensive, more casual part - Mirabelle Tavern.

                        1. re: wellsie

                          I've had two seriously ho hum meals at the new Mirabelle and the Tavern in Stony Brook.
                          The burger I was served in the Tavern was black, hard, and inedible; they did replace it with another, good but nothing to write home about. Restaurant week dinners and desserts were so so. We all were frequent Mirabelle diners in the past, but not so enthusiastic to go back any more.

                          We've recently had three excellent experiences at the new iteration of Honu in Huntington village, a new favorite. We never liked the original Blue Honu, liked Honu when it was small plates. This is better value, with quality as good or better than before, food wise.
                          So many of our former favorites have diminished quality in this economy, it's so nice to have one that doesn't disappoint, so Honu Kitchen is a new regular stop for us.

                          1. re: mcf

                            That's so sad about Mirabelle, but I know at least one of the sous chefs jumped ship when they moved: he's at Amarelle in Wading River, which just got a great NY Times review, I'm going this month so will report later.

                      2. Kitchen a Bistro in St. James. It is BYOB.

                        1. Japanese: Minami, Central Ave in Massapequa

                          Thai: Chaophaya, Main Street in Kings Park--I drive there weekly from Massapequa, if you want to know just how much I like them (Tiny Thai in Farmingdale is #2)

                          BBQ: Second's, southbound Rt 110 in Amityville, just north of Sunrise/Rt 27 (takeout only), then a toss-up between Smokin' Al's and Tennessee Jack's (but Second's is ahead by far).

                          Pub/brewpub: Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale, corner New Highway and Smith St.

                          Fast food/takeout: Classic American (North Babylon, I think--Rt 109 just west of Straight Path, north side). Best fish and chips I've had in the area, and the only place I know where you can get an ostrich burger. And it's inexpensive.

                          Mexican: Fonda Coyoacan, New York Ave. in Huntington (Huntington Station, maybe)

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                          1. re: Scott_R

                            I'm surprised to see that Classic American is good - I pass by it all the time and always wonder if it would be worth a try.
                            I looked at their menu and got a little scared because they had a Huuuuuge menu which sometimes can be a negative sign. How long ago did you eat there?

                            1. re: yellowmammal

                              It's been a couple of years. Can't say I've run the gamut of the menu; the fish & chips has consistently been the best I've had on LI (the worst case being equal to the better I've had elsewhere), and everyone I've brought there has liked the various burgers they've had.

                          2. soul food -upscale I go to L.L. Dent, for cheaper and more homecooking style I like Riddicks on Front street in Hempstead.
                            pizza- Coal oven pie at Salvatore's in Port Washington or coal oven by the slice at Massa's in Jericho.
                            burger and fries- All American in Massapequa
                            lobster- Jordan's in Island Park
                            sandwich, burger and homemade ice cream- Hildebrant's in Williston Park
                            steak-Peter Luger in Great Neck

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                            1. re: stuartlafonda

                              Massa's is actually ON Jericho, IN Huntington...

                              1. re: stuartlafonda

                                Hildebrandt's has the best fries and such a HUGE menu. I've had an endive salad there that was delicious. And amazing desserts.

                              2. Emilio's in Commack on Jericho Tpke has a great, modern Italian Menu with classic favorites.
                                Cippolini in Manhasset.
                                Mama Lombardi's in Holbrook.

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                                1. re: CityFoodNY

                                  I grew up on Emilio's- in my opinion some of the best Italian on the island.


                                2. Although you will hear mixed reviews, my favorite LI restaurant is Prime in Huntington. Beautiful space, beautiful view, great ambiance, good food, good wine. Cant be beat...but the prices sure can :-\

                                  1. Asian Moon in GC - www.asianmoonrestaurant.com
                                    Grimaldi's Pizza in GC - www.grimaldis.com
                                    Besito for Mexican in Roslyn and Huntington - www.besitomex.com
                                    American Burger Co. - Hicksville and Huntington -
                                    Orchid in GC for classic chinese
                                    Thyme in Roslyn for american - eatoutlongisland.com/menus/thyme.pdf
                                    Green Cactus for cheapie fast mex - www.greencactusgrill.com
                                    Laguna Grille in Westbury, Woodbury, and Locust Valley for nuevo latino - http://www.bodeonline.com/lagunagrille/
                                    Gasho Hibachi by Roosevelt Field b/c they have Mahi Mahi - http://www.gasho.com/
                                    Mama Theresa's - Garden City Park, Westbury for NY pizza - http://www.mamatheresa.com/
                                    Wild Fig in GC for Turkish/Greek - www.wildfigonline.com
                                    Fenei's Paninoteca in GC for paninis and gelato
                                    La Bottega - GC South for panini, salad, etc. - www.ilovepanini.com
                                    Baci Gelato for great...gelato - Roslyn Heights
                                    Cippolini in the Americana Manhasset - www.cipollinirestaurant.com/
                                    Peter Lugers in Great Neck - www.peterluger.com/
                                    Burton & Doyle in GN - http://www.burtonanddoyle.com/
                                    Novita in GC - www.novita-ny.com
                                    Waterzooi - belbian in GC - www.waterzooi.com

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                                    1. re: GCGuy

                                      Haven't eaten at most of these places, but second Green Cactus. Everything there is made fresh, including the salsa and pico de gallo. Not a fast food joint, but not table service either. Good place for a relatively quick (remember, everything is fresh) bite, especially if you really don't want to be bothered changing into decent clothes before you go out.

                                      1. re: GCGuy

                                        Oh yeah, Cafe Formaggio on Old Country Rd in Carle Place...NY Italian type food...good prices, nice people, overall very good.

                                      2. If you like wraps, I love European Republic in Huntington on NY Ave. It's a little dive, but they sell amazing wraps and belgain fries with like 20 different dips for them!

                                        Don't know quite what you're looking for but:

                                        For a great coffeehouse try The Cup in Wantagh - right across from the train station. Best house brew I've ever had and great desserts. Live music and fun.

                                        We just had a great meal at Gabrielle's in Rockville Centre. Prix fixe menu of $25 for 3 courses. Many options and you can upgrade to the specials if you like or even purchase items a la carte.

                                        Kodobuki (sp?) in Babylon village always has a line out the door - been there once and the food was good. Also, for Japanese, Mr. Wasabi just opened up in West Babylon on 109 and we liked it. I also like Sumou (sp?) in Bay Shore on Montauk Hwy.

                                        We love love love Don Ricardo's in Babylon village on Main Street. Excellent Mexican.

                                        House of Spain is great in Merrick (I think) on Merrick Road.

                                        And I've never had better linguini with white clam and steamed mussels as I have at The Beach Hut - many locations all over.

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                                        1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                          Kodobuki (sp?)

                                          They opened one in Roslyn by Besito. Heard good things, but never been. You think it's the BEST sushi on LI? Does this place have a website?

                                          1. re: GCGuy

                                            I'm not a sushi connoisseur, but I've heard people who are say Kotobuki and Yamaguchi are the best on the island. I'm happy if the place is clean and the food is good.

                                            There's also Tai Show on Merrick that has great sushi. I like them.

                                            1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                              Yamaguchi in Port Washington isn't bad, but if you want clean, fuggeddabouddit. Dirty place, poorly lit (too bright here, too dark there). Best thing about the place is probably Mrs. Yamaguchi. She's very friendly and nice. Not a good enough reason to pay her for her food though. Best sushi in the area BY FAR?-- Hinata at 6 Bond Street in Great Neck, near the train station.

                                              1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                                                I agree with Rick, Yamaguchi is kinda dingy, but it's one of those places that if you have an "in" with Mrs. Yamaguchi, you can probably get the best fish around.
                                                For me, the best sushi on the island is a tie between Kotobuki & the Sea Cliff Coffee & Sushi Company. Kotobuki has more bang for the buck, yet it's still creative. Try the sushi for 2. Sea Cliff Sushi is much more like Nobu, (the sushi chefs are from there) but the ambiance is very "Grateful Dead". I love them both.

                                                1. re: monalisawoman

                                                  Not too far from Sea Cliff is a newish sushi place in Glen Head called Kiraku. We were visiting the Island this past weekend and had a great meal there- impeccably fresh sashimi, all sorts of creative rolls ( I'm a sucker for those types of things- I got the Godzilla Roll, which is a really tricked out spider roll- pretty killer stuff), and interesting specials (live scallop). The rest of the menu looked quite interesting, and there was even a decent selection of sake. We'll definitely make a point of returning.

                                                2. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                                                  Ever been to the kitchen or basemet in Yamaguchi? You can eat off the floor. Immaculate! Maybe a little tired, but there is no fresher sushi,

                                                3. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                  Kotobuki in Hauppauge is by far the best, cleanest, freshest sushi place in Suffolk Co and was voted best restaurant on LI I think by the NYT. Can't vouch for the Babylon or Roslyn versions. There's a line on weekends.

                                                  1. re: mckennabausch

                                                    I found no reviews at all in the NY Times for Kotobuki. I did, however, find a statement that
                                                    "The two best Japanese meals I've had on Long Island were both eaten at the same restaurant, Minami, in Massapequa."


                                                    The only "Best of" list that I know of that Kotobuki has made is the LI Press; the LIP "Best of..." listings are a joke (this is not to cast aspersions on Kotobuki--I simply think that an inclusion in the Press's Best listings means nothing either way).

                                                    1. re: Scott_R

                                                      Love love love Minami!!!! Their sushi is unique and delicious.

                                              2. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                Hmm. Only went to The Cup a couple of times; found the coffee (and one cappuccino) bitter and over-extracted. I'm a home roaster, and pretty particular about my coffee.

                                                Thai: Chaophaya in King's Park, followed by Tiny Thai in Farmingdale

                                                Sushi: Minami in Massapequa (on Central Ave.). NY Times said that the two best Japanese meals the reviewer had on LI were both there.

                                                Started going to Ephesus in Massapequa Park for Turkish/Mediterranean (Park Blvd just south of Sunrish) and been very pleased.

                                                Seconds BBQ in Amityville, of course.

                                                For coffee, Babylon Bean.

                                                For a brew and a good meal, the Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale.

                                                1. re: Scott_R

                                                  I'm not a picky coffee drinker, but I found it to be not bitter. I liked it. I've been there many many times. But if you're particular about your coffee it might be a taste thing. Where is Babylon Bean?

                                                  1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                    Babylon Bean on Fire Island Avenue, about 50 or so feet south of Montauk Highway in Babylon town. Fire Island Avenue is almost a continuation of Deer Park Avenue, starting just a bit offset from where Deer Park Ave hits Montauk.

                                                    1. re: Scott_R

                                                      Was Per Un'Angelo mentioned? It's in the Jones Beach hotel.

                                                      1. re: Scott_R

                                                        Ah, off the beaten path a bit. I know exactly where that is. Thanks!

                                                  2. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                    Oh, we like the burgers and LI Cheeseburger. They're well-priced and consistently good.

                                                    1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                      it's Kotobuki, there's one in Hauppauge and the one in Babylon, same owner. Best sushi on Long Island. I've met people on line for a table who dirve down from Connecticut, and some that came out from Brooklyn. Try their "Sushi for 2". Oh, yeah. :)

                                                      1. re: Manderley

                                                        I hate to give it away for fear it will get crowded when I want to go, but Kiraku on Glen Head Road in Glen Head blows Kotobuki away. Been to Kotobuki, and frankly I couldn't figure out what all the crowds and fuss were all about. Not bad, certainly, but not up to the Kiraku standards either, and Kiraku is charming, where Kotobuki feels like a warehouse--a CROWDED warehouse.

                                                        1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                                                          Okay, so this is an update on a much earlier review of both Kiraku in Glen Head, and Kotobuki in Roslyn. I still hate Kotobuki, but not because the food is not excellent--it is. The ambiance, however, is enough to make you go postal. Swarms of would-be diners converge on the small foyer of this place and drool at the customers who are fortunate enough to already be seated. As one of those diners, you can easily see those waiting and watch as they scour the crowd with their eyes to see whose table will be finished next, so they can guess at how long it will be before they themselves will be seated. It's absolutely horrible. Once seated (as much as an hour or more of waiting), you will be able to share elbow space with the person next to you, and the tables are separated from each other by microns--not feet or inches. It's a dilemma, because it's the best sushi, run by Japanese (not Koreans or Chinese), but because of the horrific atmosphere, for me, it's a no go.

                                                          Now, onto Kiraku. A few years ago, when this place opened, my wife and I were both amazed and in love with the restaurant. The portions were excellent, the quality as well. I said to my wife that I hoped that the place, somewhat tucked away on Glen Head Road, off of the larger, more traveled Glen Cove Road, would catch on, because I want to make sure that there is sufficient business to keep up the quality. Well, unfortunately, the owners had obviously taken step #1 in the always ensuing story of the road to going out of business. Apparently, the traffic slowed sufficiently first, to make the portions noticeably smaller. Fine. I get that. We returned to the restaurant after years of not being impressed only to find that it has sunk miserably to being flat out horrible. Worst sushi I've had in eons. The quality has gone so far downhill that a non-sushi lover would easily be able to tell. There was a freshness issue with the tuna--never acceptable, and the execution of certain standards, such as Unagi sushi, which is supposed to be served warm and crispy, is anything but warm and crispy, and is instead cold and flabby--the fattiness of the eel is just disgusting when served this way. Several other dishes that are usually standard fare in a sushi bar were just revolting. Never again is the slogan I'd use about this joint. If it's sushi you're looking for, stay away from Kotobuki for its bad food, and stay away from Kotobuki for its incredibly lousy atmosphere. Unfortunately, however, their food is NEARLY worth waiting for.

                                                          1. re: TheClambelly

                                                            ". If it's sushi you're looking for, stay away from Kotobuki for its bad food, and stay away from Kotobuki for its incredibly lousy atmosphere. Unfortunately, however, their food is NEARLY worth waiting for."

                                                            Typo here, about whose food is "bad?"

                                                      2. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                        House of Spain has it's lovers and it's haters. I seem to meet all the haters. Yet, I wanna try for myself. But, will ask you, what House of Spain entrée is worth a Chowhound stopby?

                                                      3. My wife and I's favorite restaurant is Tupelo Honey in Sea Cliff...a local favorite is Snaps in Wantagh.

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                                                        1. re: kevinh

                                                          Mario's (Italian) in Hauppauge has one of the best oyster appetizers around.

                                                          And Pace's steak house in Hauppauge was very good.

                                                        2. West End Cafe - Carle Place
                                                          18 Bay - Bayville

                                                          FletchBoog, with all the great suggestions, have you given any a try? If so , how about some feedback.

                                                          1. For great sushi, once you are known as a customer, try Hokkaido in Roslyn Heights. Sit at the sushi bar and get to know them. You will get certain treats that are better than you will have anywhere.

                                                            1. Besito in Roslyn or Huntington is my favorite for high end Mexican.
                                                              Chipotle in Westbury or Hicksville is my favorite for low end Mexican.
                                                              Grimaldi's in Garden city is my favorite for pizza and salad.
                                                              Nanking in New Hyde Park for Chinese and Indian.

                                                              Chains aren't popular on this board but Houston's and Ruth's Chris in Garden City are my favorites for American food.

                                                              Sweet Mama's in Northport is my favorite for Breakfast though I have not been there since the change in ownership and heard maybe it is no longer as good.

                                                              I have never had a bad meal in any of the above. I love a place that is consistently good.

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                                                              1. re: kellygirl

                                                                Late to reply to this particular post, but I just had breakfast at Sweet Mama's today, an portobello omelet (with blue cheese crumbles and tomato). It was excellent, light and fluffy without being insubstantial. Love that they put the small insulated pot of coffee on my table--I never ran out. The homefries were OK--good without being exceptional (Maureen's does them better) but I greatly enjoyed the omelet.

                                                              2. Couple of good ones: Best Pizza: Fanatico in the Super Stop and Shop shopping center on North Broadway (Route 106) in the northern end of Hicksville (look for the Goodyear service center and drive to the absolute rear of the parking lot. Best pizza around.

                                                                Best Sushi: Kiraku on Glen Head Road in Glen Head (between Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove)

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                                                                1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                                                                  We went to Waterzooi last night and I thought I'd give a quick update for this 2007 thread. Waterzooi has been around for about 10 years and I've been before. Waterzooi is also one of my favorite Belgian dishes but it has been many years since I had waterzooi in Brussels on a cold winter night. You have to love a country that invented french fries, waffles and has escargot on almost every street corner. Service was excellent. They have outdoor seating, where we sat. Didn't really notice the inside. Nice selection of beers. You can't beat the $19.95 prix fixe dinner special for three courses (green salad or lobster croquette, choice of moules and a chocolate mousse dessert). My friend had the prix fixe. I had escargot and the Provencal moules, we each had a beer. Food was fine, mussels were cooked nicely and frites were served the traditional way with mayonnaise. The frites were a bit thicker then I'm used to. A good dinner at a great price point.

                                                                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                    Glad you bumped this thread. I was wondering if anyone recommends Louis XIV in Patchogue or Blackstone's steak house in Melville? thanks.

                                                                    1. re: chowareyou

                                                                      Thanks, chowareyou. You might want to do a search of this board. There are quite a few recent posts. This is the first one that came up for Blackstone's:


                                                                      This is what came up first when I googled Louis XIV (Google is your friend):


                                                                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                        I heard that Louis XIV closed.
                                                                        I am not a fan of Blackstone's, although there is a big variety for a steak house.
                                                                        I went to Four Food Studio last week for lunch. It was my first time there, and loved everything I had.

                                                                        1. re: robinsilver

                                                                          I am so glad y had a good time. I have yet to go. Which is your steakhouse of choice? I hear so much of Brook and Porters.

                                                                          1. re: chowareyou

                                                                            To be fair, I shouldn't answer that question. We are regulars at Morton's, keep wine there, so we get treated like the king and queen. I know there are steak restaurants that offer more variety, or some people say have better steak, but that is our choice when we go for steak.

                                                                          2. re: robinsilver

                                                                            The only Robinsilver I knew ate at Dino's on Union turnpike...did you?

                                                                          3. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                            Thank you. You are right. I just called up and they are now Lombardi's on the Bay.

                                                                          4. re: chowareyou

                                                                            i thought Louis XIV in patchogue had closed, could have sworn there was yet another offshoot of Mama Lombardi's in that spot.

                                                                            1. re: Manderley

                                                                              Lomardi's By The Bay. Seafood and steaks.

                                                                      2. i can't remember the name of that very expensive place in northport with a tasting menu that i always wanted to try...i think it starts with an "M"...anyone know?

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                                                                          1. re: Dyna

                                                                            that's it, thank you, Dyna. can't wait to try it.

                                                                        1. Oaxaca in Huntington- best Mexican and VERY authentic
                                                                          Robke's in Northport
                                                                          I'm always a fan of all of the La Parmas
                                                                          Emilio's in Commack
                                                                          Diane's in Roslyn
                                                                          Besito in Huntington
                                                                          Abel Conklin's in Huntington for no-frills steak


                                                                          1. I spend a lot of my time eating in great places, i highly recommend
                                                                            Ivy Cottage in Williston Park
                                                                            Maxells in Mineola
                                                                            Pasta Vino in Mineola
                                                                            and Mims in Roslyn

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                                                                            1. re: louz

                                                                              I was forced to eat at TR's in Williston Park last night (burger was o.k) and noticed Ivy Cottage right up the block. My mother in law likes the place but she is in no way a Chowhound, so what makes Ivy Cottage chow worthy?.

                                                                              1. re: stuartlafonda

                                                                                Small, intimate dining but not at all stuffy. Locally owned and invested in the community. Great service both at the table and the bar. Thoughtful menu with carefully prepared food. And just plain delicious.

                                                                              2. re: louz

                                                                                It has been awhile since I've been to Ivy Cottage. Friends on LI like it. It's a good lunch place. Not a destination place based on my experience (to be fair I went once for lunch).

                                                                              3. Is Millie's Place on Miracle Mile still around?

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                                                                                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                                    Toku is where Millies was on Miracle Mile (actually that area is Americana). Someone is taking me there for lunch Tuesday, so I will let you all know.

                                                                                    1. re: robinsilver

                                                                                      I really enjoyed the couple times I went to Toku. Overall good experience...fine service, great vibe, nice menu, good food...both cooked and not.

                                                                                      I also love Cippolini in the same Americana. Great, simple trattoria-type food. Similar attributes to Toku...same owners.

                                                                                      1. re: robinsilver

                                                                                        robinsilver, how was Toku (if you remember :)?

                                                                                        1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                                                                          Just caught this now. I truly enjoyed my meal there. It was memorable enough that I have not fogotten.
                                                                                          Just went to someplace I really enjoyed, and if you are ever out on the North Fork, it might be worth trying to get there. La Plage in Wading River. It would be too far a drive to get out there from the city, because it was an hour from my house.

                                                                                          La Plage
                                                                                          131 Creek Rd, Wading River, NY 11792

                                                                                          1. re: robinsilver

                                                                                            LaPlage rocks!! Great little place right on the beach.

                                                                                    2. Some bakeries etc. in there too.

                                                                                      Garden City: Mumon, Jin East, Grimaldi's, Asian Moon, Wild Fig, Paninoteca, 7th Street Cafe, Dolce Cafe, Waterzooi, Novita
                                                                                      Garden City South: La Bottega, Cafe Borocco, Umberto's
                                                                                      Mineola: Circa, Mi Ranchio Express, Mo' Joe Coffee
                                                                                      Roslyn: Thyme, Diane's (Restaurant and Bakery), Besito
                                                                                      Americana Manhasset Area: Cippolini, Toku, Limani, Il Mulino, Bryant & Cooper
                                                                                      Great Neck: Ethos, Peter Luger's
                                                                                      Carle Place: Greek Corner, Schwartz Chocolate, Cardinale Bakery, Hale & Hearty, Louie's Pizza, Lemonleaf
                                                                                      Westbury: Cafe Formaggio, Little Mexico, Azerbajian Grill, Canz Bar and Grill, Pollos El Paisa
                                                                                      Woodbury: Nisen Sushi
                                                                                      Huntington: Prime, Oaxaca, Honu
                                                                                      Hempstead: Pollos Mario, Pollo Campero, El Porton
                                                                                      Franklin Sqare: Croxley's

                                                                                      I can't think any more right now.

                                                                                      Looking forward to trying:
                                                                                      Porto Vivo in Huntington
                                                                                      Cupcake Corner in Garden City
                                                                                      Trata in Roslyn
                                                                                      Brooks and Porter, San Marzano, Burger 9 point 5 all in Merrick
                                                                                      Luzzo's in Westbury
                                                                                      Sugar in Carle Place (replacing Ciao Baby)
                                                                                      Maize Cantina in Commack

                                                                                      1. Panama Hatties, in Huntington, is consistently good. We go for special occasions, and each time we go it's better and better. They always call us the next day to find out how our experience was too. Nice touch.

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                                                                                        1. re: synergy

                                                                                          Are they as good as they were before they changed owners? I haven't seen reviews since then.

                                                                                          1. re: Scott_R

                                                                                            Better. We had stopped going for a few years, then started going again a couple of years ago. It is excellent! We've been a good handful of times, twice this summer. The owner/chef even made a special meal for us based on a conversation we had when we said we love a certain dish, he said he'd make it for us...so we returned for that special meal, that he made just for us, no one else in the restaurant. Go, you won't be disappointed.

                                                                                        2. Ones people didn't list...
                                                                                          Sage, Bellmore?
                                                                                          Snaps, Wantagh

                                                                                          Always good...
                                                                                          Novita, GC
                                                                                          Prime, Huntington
                                                                                          West End Cafe, Carle Place
                                                                                          La Bottega, GCS
                                                                                          Nisen, Syosset
                                                                                          Kotabuki, Roslyn

                                                                                          West End Cafe
                                                                                          187 Glen Cove Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514

                                                                                          La Bottega
                                                                                          3216 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside, NY 11572

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                                                                                          1. re: BadAshFoodie

                                                                                            I agree with BadAsh, Prime, Novita, and Snaps (understated to be sure) are excellent choices.

                                                                                            1. re: BadAshFoodie

                                                                                              I don't think anyone has mentioned Butera's in Seaford. In a land of good Italian restaurants this place is among the best. I took my parents there last night and we all enjoyed the mussels appetizer. I had the baked chicken bolognese lasagna. Fantastic.

                                                                                              1. re: lawkid

                                                                                                My wife and I have been loving Maize Cantina in Commack. Some of the tastiest food we have had in some time. Four visits and and can't wait to go back. The menu has recently expanded. They have a lobster quesadilla appetizer that is fantastic. Homemade tortilla with a lobster filling topped with greens, pickled onions, bacon, truffle vinegarette and a sunnyside egg. They also have a $5 off coupon in the Clipper magazine on purchase of at least $35 and it is good anytime. Another nod for Butera's. We go to the one in Smithtown. No matter how much you eat you leave with a full tin.

                                                                                                1. re: sgny

                                                                                                  We also like the food at Maize Cantina also. We like it alot.

                                                                                                  We were there Friday night, about 3 days ago and the service was extremely poor. There appeared to be one waiter handling the whole restaurant and he was never around when we needed him. It took almost a half hour to get our beers served. He was very nice, but couldn't hack it as far as even being able to provide any timely service.

                                                                                                  We also like Butera's in Smithtown.


                                                                                                  1. re: Fred19

                                                                                                    Yes, the service at Maize Cantina can be inconsistent but we actually get a kick out of it. We were there Saturday night. A couple of minutes after the busboy took our appetizer plates away our waiter came by and asked us how everything was. We said it was great and then he asked us if we wanted any dessert. We told him maybe after we finish our dinner. We are still laughing about it. Service was prompt and my beer from Barcelona was served on time.

                                                                                                  2. re: sgny

                                                                                                    We too are delightfully hooked on Maize Cantina. Haven't had anything there we didn't love. I want to work my way through the menu but keep ordering dishes I've had that enjoy.

                                                                                              2. On the North Fork:
                                                                                                Rendesvous, Elbow room, Elbow 2 for great steaks
                                                                                                Jamesport Manor for fancy expensive
                                                                                                North Fork Inn and Table in Southold for gourmet expensive
                                                                                                Jamesport Country Kitchen for less expensive gourmet food
                                                                                                Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow
                                                                                                Buoy One for great seafood
                                                                                                Funchos for takeout Mexican
                                                                                                Phil's In Wading River for great sports bar food
                                                                                                Jens Cafe in Southold for breakfast or lunch
                                                                                                Star Confectionary in Riverhead for breakfast
                                                                                                Haiku in Riverhead for Sushi
                                                                                                Hizir Baba in Riverhead for Turkish
                                                                                                Hellenic Snack Bar in Greenport for great Greek
                                                                                                Legends in New Suffolk never lets us down
                                                                                                I'll add more as I think of them

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                                                                                                1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                  In the area you're mentioning, Sindhu (Pakistani) in Riverhead's Polishtown is a new favorite of ours, so much delicious food for so little money, I'm already planning on getting my take out there New Years Eve. Speaking of take out, you have to try Foccaccia Oven in Wading River (King Kullen Center) closest to Brooklyn cuisine I've had out here.

                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                    I work down the street from Sindhu on Pulaski. I've been there a few times and the food is good and inexpensive. The only problem is that they are so disorganized. I figured I woulod give them another chance after the get their act together. I am going to try Foccaccia tonight on your rec.

                                                                                                    1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                      Let me know what you think, I've only been there twice but love them (starting with the pizza).

                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                        Got a couple of Foccaccia sammiches last week. Excellent!! Got a great pepperoni pizza last night. Not up to Brooklyn standards but the best I have had on the East end.

                                                                                                        1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                          Glad to hear, I got another pizza and rice balls Saturday, but next time definitely a foccaccia. I saw some interesting combos.

                                                                                                  2. re: Motosport

                                                                                                    The Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck and Grana (pizza) in Jamesport are good places on the North Fork too. I love North Fork Table's lunch truck.

                                                                                                    Love Lane Kitchen
                                                                                                    240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                                                                                    1. re: msv

                                                                                                      Is it still open?? I drove all the way out from Riverhead to find it closed. Maybe it was the wrong day but there were no signs indicating when they are open.

                                                                                                      1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                        Not sure which place you're referring to, but Love Lane Kitchen, Grana and North Fork Table lunch truck are all open. Sorry don't know which are their days off...

                                                                                                        Love Lane Kitchen
                                                                                                        240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                                                                                        1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                          Wow, LLK being closed would be a major surprise; they're open 7 days for Breakfast & Lunch, and dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Is this the place you saw:
                                                                                                          ((light blue building, if Streetview opens up wonky).

                                                                                                          1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                            Sorry for the late reply. Agree, all are open. In fact LLK was so busy when I tried to go this weekend, that we ended up getting takeout from Erik's and eating at home. FYI, Pepi's did an attractive renovation. Only had quick drinks there so don't know about the menu. Alure is going to open in early May and that should be fun.

                                                                                                            1. re: msv

                                                                                                              We had a great Easter breakfast at Love Lane Kitchen: Huevos Rancheros and Lemon Picatta pancakes. DEEEELICIOUS!!
                                                                                                              Heading there tonight for Italian night. I think it is Venetian region cooking.

                                                                                                              Love Lane Kitchen
                                                                                                              240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                                                                                            2. re: Motosport

                                                                                                              I was referring to the take out truck @ NF Table and Inn. Is it still open??

                                                                                                        2. My Italian favorites:
                                                                                                          Arturo's in Bellerose
                                                                                                          Lombardi's any of the three restaurants
                                                                                                          Carnivale in Port Jeff Station
                                                                                                          Cafe La Strada just South of the LIE on Rt 111
                                                                                                          Lenny's in Jamesport
                                                                                                          Paradiso in Mt Sinai (fantastic $11.99 special Monday and Tues)
                                                                                                          Coloseo for Pizza in Port Jeff Station
                                                                                                          Little Vincents for Pizza in Lk Ronkonkoma

                                                                                                          1. For breakfast:
                                                                                                            Thomas's Ham and Eggery in Carle Place
                                                                                                            Toast in Port Jeff
                                                                                                            Jens cafe Southold
                                                                                                            Eastport Luncheonette in Eastport

                                                                                                            1. has anyone been to the Iron Skillet in Mattituck??

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                                                                                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                Davenport Mineola Great food all around!

                                                                                                              2. If you are way out East on the North Fork and looking for a good hand formed (not pattie) burger you should try the Rhumb Line on Main St in Greenport or O'Malley's on the North Rd in Southold. Both places have fabulous burgers.

                                                                                                                Main St Cafe
                                                                                                                6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

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                                                                                                                1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                  Any reports on the Coronet in Greenport?

                                                                                                                  1. re: MacTAC

                                                                                                                    It's a great old style luncheonette. We go there for breakfast. Never been for lunch. Check it out.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                      What's their breakfast menu like? I ask because I'd wondered if it fit my question here:
                                                                                                                      (aside from the "near-Mattituck" issue.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                        Thanks, I will definitely get there, hopefully soon. I was there once for breakfast, about 5 am before a fishing trip, probably over forty years ago. Don't remember what I had, LOL, but I think I liked it...

                                                                                                                        1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                          This thread popping up reminds me we did get to Coronet for lunch a couple of months ago. My Tuna Melt and chocolate shake were good. Very attentive and nice service. Will definitely go back again.

                                                                                                                    2. Hello ChowHounds,

                                                                                                                      Looking for great REASONABLY PRICED lunch/dinner restaurants near the Islandia Marriott Hotel , Long Island at 3635 Express Drive North · Islandia, New York - love all ethnic food, adventurous eaters .......for mid January 2011 - anything but expensive fine dining would be welcome! 2 adults in their mid 20's. THANKS!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: DpBluSea

                                                                                                                        Kotobuki in Hauppauge if you like Japanese, for fabulous pizza up front and good Italian food in back, Branchinelli's in Hauppauge; white pie with broccoli is superb, but everything there is very good. Except for Thai Angel in Islandia, you're really going to want to concentrate on nearby Hauppauge and Smithtown. For really terrific cheffing at a bargain price (BYOB and cash only), you should really try the prix fixe dinner or lunch at Kitchen a Bistro in St. James, not too long a drive.

                                                                                                                        Kotobuki Japanese Restrnt
                                                                                                                        377 Smithtown Byp, Hauppauge, NY 11788

                                                                                                                        Thai Angel Restaurant
                                                                                                                        1812 Veterans Hwy, Islandia, NY 11749

                                                                                                                        555 Route 111 Ste 2, Hauppauge, NY 11788

                                                                                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                                                                                          Branchinelli's is good. Haven't been there in ages.
                                                                                                                          Like Lombardis.

                                                                                                                          Other Suffolk Favorites:
                                                                                                                          Chachama Grill
                                                                                                                          Le Soir
                                                                                                                          21 Main
                                                                                                                          Jonathans of Huntington

                                                                                                                          La Parma
                                                                                                                          Ayhan's Shish Kebob
                                                                                                                          Mill River Inn

                                                                                                                          Chachama Grill
                                                                                                                          08 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937

                                                                                                                          Mill River Inn
                                                                                                                          160 Mill River Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

                                                                                                                          555 Route 111 Ste 2, Hauppauge, NY 11788

                                                                                                                          21 Main
                                                                                                                          21 N Main St, Sayville, NY 11782

                                                                                                                          1. re: foodie1017

                                                                                                                            Gosman's was awful the last couple of trips; I've been avoiding all but the outdoor clam bar for years. I like Ruvo a lot, Jonathan's not much at all, just ok. Loved Le Soir.

                                                                                                                            1. re: foodie1017

                                                                                                                              Mill River Inn closed a year ago or more. I am surprised that the best you can come up with are Riverbay and la parma.
                                                                                                                              Fork and Vine, which was formerly On 3, in Glen Head, is excellent. There is a new place where Camille's was in Carle Place, and the menu looks similar to Fork and Vine and West End Cafe, so am anxious to hear if anyone has tried it.

                                                                                                                              On 3 Restaurant
                                                                                                                              32 Railroad Plaza, Glen Head, NY 11545

                                                                                                                              1. re: robinsilver

                                                                                                                                I have gone to more restaurants in Suffolk than Nassau. I don't know as many of the restaurants there. I didn't realize that Mill River Inn closed either.

                                                                                                                                1. re: robinsilver

                                                                                                                                  Riverbay is consistently very good...Fork and Vine has slipped quite a bit...his tapas have become inconsistent and so has his entrees. Sorry to see, since it has a nice intimate ambiance to it.

                                                                                                                          2. Our newest find is 1 North in Hampton Bays near the canal. Excellent steak house fare with super fresh sea food and some unusual specials.

                                                                                                                            1. The only place I have enjoyed that is new is probably MP Taverna in Roslyn.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: whynokey

                                                                                                                                Yes, but the service at MP Taverna is horrible. I found it bad when we went to dinner there with 4 people. Last week I was there for a "ladies night out" function. If they do that kind of thing, and the service is horrible, it is a reflection on the restaurant. The service was a joke. the 2 appetizer choices were a soup, and a salad. They served 3 of us the soup. 15 minutes later they brought the other person the salad? You have to think twice about the kitchen's ability to get food out if this happens. Dinner entrees were served in a similar manner.

                                                                                                                                1. re: robinsilver

                                                                                                                                  I agree...it is overpriced and fair at best....if it cost $7.99 per person ...it would be great!!!

                                                                                                                              2. Pizza - Grimaldi's in Garden city (Franklin ave) or by the slice - King Umberto in Elmont ( Hempstead Turnpike).

                                                                                                                                Italian food - King Umberto's on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.

                                                                                                                                Thai - Frankly Thai in Franklin Square on hempstead Turnpike.

                                                                                                                                Greek food - Greektown (Just the Gyros) in Rockville Centre.

                                                                                                                                Cajun - Big Daddy's in Massapequa.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Toreii

                                                                                                                                  I moved from Long Island to the Tampa Bay area six years ago. The only place I'll go for Italian food AND pizza is a little place in Dunedin called "Umberto's of Long Island". They're related somehow :)

                                                                                                                                  It's a 45 minute drive from my home, but worth it. Oy oy oy those baked clams. And fried calamari. okay now i'm salivating.

                                                                                                                                2. Tappo in Glen Cove on Glen Street is an Italian that is deliciously consistent!
                                                                                                                                  Warm inviting room, nice bar.
                                                                                                                                  They have been there a little over a year.
                                                                                                                                  Before that it was another place...I think it was called Epiphany's.

                                                                                                                                  1. Imperial on Merrick Road in Freeport actually makes great pasta dishes! It is probably just as good as any of the Italian places around. I hope you enjoy!